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Avantium Organises a Dutch Reception for its FDCA Plant (FREE)

Avantium celebrates the First Piling Ceremony for its FDCA Flagship Plant.

Avantium N.V., a leading technology company in renewable chemistry, today celebrated the First Piling Ceremony for its FDCA Flagship Plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl site in the Netherlands. 

This world’s first commercial FDCA factory is set to produce 5 kilotonnes of FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) per annum, the key building block for the 100% plant-based, recyclable plastic material PEF (polyethylene furanoate).

The First Piling Ceremony represents the start of the construction of the FDCA Flagship Plant.

Construction is planned to be completed by the end of 2023, enabling the commercial launch of PEF from 2024 onwards.

Over the years, PEF has attracted the interest and support of many partners – varying from commercial partners, governments, engineering and supply chain partners as well as financial and grant partners.

With the support of these partners within the PEF value chain, Avantium is now ready to build and operate the world’s first FDCA Flagship Plant, meeting the growing global demand across a range of end-product markets.

One of the first enablers of the FDCA Flagship Plant is the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), which supported the FDCA Flagship Plant with a “PEFerence” Horizon 2020 grant[1].

“The Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking goal is making the European industries green and competitive.

Today, we are marking a clear example of this European green renaissance: the €25 million of CBE JU funding for the PEFerence project contributes to transforming the traditionally gas area around Delfzijl into a more sustainable and competitive region.

We, at CBE JU, are delighted to contribute to bringing into the market disruptive circular technologies like producing plant-based FDCA in this Flagship Plant.”

CBE JU Head of Programme Virginia Puzzolo

The new FDCA Flagship Plant is located near Avantium’s demonstration plant for plantMEG™ (mono-ethylene glycol) and its pilot biorefinery, producing glucose and lignin from non-food biomass.

The Northern Netherlands is furthermore a prime location for green chemistry in the Netherlands, with the ambition to achieve a fully sustainable chemical industry by 2050.

Avantium fits perfectly into this ambition, with the FDCA Flagship Plant supporting the transition to a circular economy and helping to shift the chemicals industry away from fossil resources and towards sustainable feedstocks.

The FDCA Flagship Plant will bring increased innovation to the region. In addition, Avantium will create around 50 highly skilled jobs, for which the recruitment has already started, and provide significant indirect employment opportunities.

“Avantium is proud to be the first company in the world that is constructing a commercial facility for the production of FDCA, the key building block of PEF.

I strongly believe that PEF has the potential to become a major polymer to be used across many applications and markets worldwide, helping us on the path to a circular economy.

We are pleased with the support of our partners for our FDCA Flagship Plant. 

Today everyone can see how our plans for a commercial FDCA facility are becoming a reality.”

Avantium CEO Tom van Aken

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Personal Remarks

There are some cultural particularities to know about the Dutch.

When the Dutch say … we will pay for it … it means that you’re being told a serious amount of BS

What is the custom when you’re invited to a Dutch ceremony or conference? … To bring your own food with you; the Dutch will usually come along with their cool box or lunch box.

What is a “Dutch party?” …. A party where there’s no food or drink…. the Dutch call it a “festival”.

What is the recipe for a “Dutch cake”? You buy the cheapest white bread ….you let it rest a couple of days in your garden …. preferably when it rains …. you sprinkle some sugar over it …. dust will do it too …. you share it with them …. they will be very excited about it.

I’m joking …. hope I made you laugh!

And now go back to work!


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